MODERN PENTATHLON Preview: Five World Champions to clash in Szekesfehervar World Cup

Hungarian World Champion Sarolta Kovacs (Photo: Tamas Roth via Wikimedia)

An outstanding field is assembling for a tremendous third World Cup of the UIPM season in Szekesfehervar (HUN), with a stunning list of past medal winners ready to compete:

● James Cooke (GBR) ~ 2018 World Champion
● Valentin Prades (FRA) ~ 2018 Worlds silver medalist
● Jinhwa Jung (KOR) ~ 2017 World Champion
● Alexander Lesun (RUS) ~ 2016 Olympic gold; 2012-14 World Champion
● Pavlo Tymoshchenko (UKR) ~ 2016 Olympic silver; 2015 World Champion, 2018 bronze
● Woong-Tae Jun (KOR) ~ No. 1 in UIPM World Rankings

● Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) ~ 2012 Olympic Champion
● Elodie Clouvel (FRA) ~ 2016 Olympic silver medalist
● Tamara Aleksaejev (HUN) ~ 2017 World Cup Final winner
● Annika Schleu (GER) ~ 2018 Worlds silver medalist
● Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) ~ 2016 World Champion; 2011 Worlds silver

The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne notes that 16 of the top 17 men in its world rankings are entered this week, for competition that will begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday.

This is the third World Cup of the season. Egypt’s Ahmed Elgendy won the opener in Cairo (EGY) followed by the surprise victory for Manuel Padilla in Sofia (BUL). The women’s winners have been Uliana Batashova (RUS) in Cairo and Marie Oteiza (FRA) in Sofia.

Look for results here.